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Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

September 27, 2011
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Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.


It can.


She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.


There is.


She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.


She’s wrong. (GoodReads)

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Michelle Hodkin’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is an exceptional piece of art, one whose beauty will forever haunt me. Ms. Hodkin has skillfully written a book whose pages are full of intrigue and romance, and it’s a book that deserves the hype surrounding it. I’ve come across a ton of amazing books, but this one is in a league of its own.

In general, the writing is fluid, clear, and at times poetic. The dialogue is smooth and the descriptions are vivid, and imaginative. I really cannot express how much I love the writing and Ms. Hodkin’s style. It’s very personal and weighted, in a good way. 🙂

The author also possesses the wonderful talent of creating characters who are so rounded they’re believable, likeable, and seemingly alive. They’re all so complex and flawed and stunning. Although I can’t relate to Mara’s circumstances, I still was able to connect to her because of how human she is. The author has given Mara such a funny, dark, and thoughtful voice, which also helped me relate to her.

While the plot is mostly carried by Mara’s mental unraveling, a lot of the story focuses on her growing relationship with Noah, a somewhat bad boy with an English accent. Yup, you read that right: an English accent. Swoon-worthy, no? I know a few others weren’t sure how they felt about Noah at first, but I loved him from the start. The two of them make a beautifully tragic couple that you can’t help but love.

All in all, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is absolutely stunning. There are twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and they left me speechless. The book has left a distinct impression on me and even now I can’t stop thinking about it. Please do not let this book go unread. You’ll be sorry if you do.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Sarah Nicolas September 27, 2011 at 4:23 am

    yay! I’m going to the book launch tomorrow! so excited!

  • Reply Kelley September 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve been itching to hear more about this book, so thanks for posting this, DJ. 🙂

  • Reply Jen (In the Closet With a Bibliophile) October 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Wasn’t that ending, KILLER?! I loved the darkness of the book. I think the tricks of the mind make for some of the best novels. It spooks me to no end. 😀

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